5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Coquitlam BC’s Big Store is Here for You At Coquitlam Chrysler, we believe in supporting the visions of our community and connecting with our heritage as well as planning towards the future. In this spirit, we want to invite you along a short exploration of some of the interesting points that have helped found our fantastic city and, in turn, our store. We have been a part of the Coquitlam community for generations and want you to benefit from our experience and receive the care and the consideration that puts you into the driver’s seat of a car, truck, SUV, minivan, or anything beyond or between that best fits your needs for moving forward on the roads ahead. 1. Originally Inhabited by the Coast Salish People With a rich history that stretches back further than the arrival of Europeans, the area that now holds the name Coquitlam was occupied by the Coast Salish people as far back as 9,000 years ago. The name Kwikwetem where the modern word Coquitlam owes its origins is thought to mean “red fish up the river” which may be a reference to the migration of salmon. Despite its ancient roots, it was Simon Fraser who first referenced the area in 1808. This was followed by a settling effort many decades later and was used as a middle-point stop for those traveling to the North Road. 2. Geographically shaped like an Hourglass The story may vary depending who tells it but if you were to look at a map of Coquitlam you would likely notice how the top and bottom areas are wider than the centre. In this way there are many who assert that, geographically, Coquitlam has an hourglass shape. The area locally-known as “The Bump” is a plateau with larger homes and luxuries. “The Bump”, otherwise known as Austin Heights has a variety of activities to offer residents and visitors, including Como Lake, a famous fishing and recreation area. 3. Grew Substantially Thanks to Fraser Mills While Coquitlam was incorporated in 1908, the story before that period shows that the municipality that preceded it grew aggressive from the period of 1889 thanks largely to the efforts of Frank Ross and James McLaren’s Fraser Mills. At a cost of $350,000 it was one of the more sophisticated lumber mills in the area. Over the decades that followed the area blossomed and at the time of its incorporation the District of Coquitlam had 20 houses, a post office, store, office block, hospital, barber, and pool hall. 4. Was Once the Largest Francophone Area in Western Canada In 1910, and entirely due to Fraser Mills, a large group of French Canadian mill workers travelled across the country from Quebec. It is thanks to this movement that Malliardville would eventually be founded. Over the years, it became the highest concentration of Francophones west of Manitoba. 5. A Green City, Coquitlam Has More than 80 Municipal Parks A city that has been steeped in history, Coquitlam is simultaneously a place that has had a firm sight on the future. With a population of just 126,456 as of the 2011 Census, Coquitlam has a nearly unheard-of quantity of parks and recreation opportunities. Add to this the fact that as of 2009 Coquitlam has earned a title as a Cultural Capital of Canada. While you’re here, take a moment and explore with us the fascinating history and impressive facts that have made Coquitlam so great. We hope that you will take a moment to review our inventory and see if you can find a vehicle match that represents your personality and your needs for whatever adventures you have in sight. At Coquitlam Chrysler we believe in proving the best vehicle for drivers and their families. We believe that you deserve to drive the vehicle that fits your needs. We believe in providing the best service and quality possible. With over 500 vehicles on our lot at a time, you’re sure to find the right vehicle to suit your needs now and into the future. Let’s get to work finding you the best options to suit your specific driving needs and expectations! It has been our privilege to continue offering friendly service that, after you’ve experienced it, will convince you why Coquitlam Chrysler is the ideal dealership for all your automotive needs. Stop by our 2960 Christmas Way location in Coquitlam or contact us through our phone line at 604-469-5600. We look forward to seeing you soon!